DOL Issues Opinion Letters

On July 1, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued three opinion letters dealing with different aspects of overtime requirements – two of which you may want to be familiar. (The third deals with paralegals, so is not of concern to our subscribers.) Specifically, the first clarifies the federal regulations governing the calculation of overtime pay…

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DOL Warning On Leave Designation

The US Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new Opinion Letter last week prohibiting employers from delaying the designation of Family & Medical Leave. Citing the FMLA, the DOL letter states that when an eligible employee communicates a need for leave for an FMLA-qualified reason, neither the employee nor the employer may decline FMLA protection.…

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Back in Play, Again

In many ways, the validity of various federal regulations could be described as a roller coaster of sorts as well, as evidenced by action last week by the Department of Labor. Recall that during the final days of the George W. Bush administration, the Wage & Hour Division issued a number of opinion letters interpreting…

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